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Nebraska, Broken Bow Homestead Records, 1890-1908
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Record Description
Record Type Land Entry Case Files: Homestead Final Certificates
Record Group RG 49: Records of the Bureau of Land Management
Collection years 1890-1908
Microfilm Publication M1915. Land Entry Case Files of the Broken Bow Land Office, Broken Bow, Nebraska: Homestead Final Certificates,1890-1908. 50 rolls.
Arrangement By number 1-1,824
National Archives Identifier 7820285
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What is in This Collection?[edit | edit source]

This collection includes case files for homestead applications and land applications for the years 1890 to 1908. The files are arranged chronologically and have final certificate numbers. The files are from the Bureau of Land Management and include documents required to qualify for a homestead, such as:

  • Land descriptions
  • Proof of citizenship affidavits
  • Receipts
  • Testimonies of witnesses

The Homestead Act of 1862 was signed into law after the secession of many southern states from the Union. This act allowed for settlement of land in unpopulated areas of America, establishing a land-acquisition system. The process required the applicant to file an application, improve the land over a five-year period, and then file for a deed. After the five years, the homesteader went to a local land office and requested the deed (or land patent) after paying a registration fee. That office forwarded the documentation to the General Land Office in Washington, DC, with a final certificate of eligibility.

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What Can These Records Tell Me?[edit | edit source]

The following information may be found in these records:
Homestead application

  • Land office location
  • Application date
  • Applicant name
  • Land location and description

Homestead proof:

  • Witness statements

Final certificate:

  • Town, state
  • Date of award
  • Name of homesteader
  • Amount paid
  • Land location and description

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  • The approximate year of the homestead application

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